Episode #76 – Differential Treatment as a Breach of Procedural Fairness, with Pantea Jafari

Pantea Jafari is lead counsel at Jafari Law, which she opened in 2012. In 2022 Pantea won a successful group litigation for over 100 Iranian applicants whose applications were refused under the Self-Employed Class. Pantea successfully argued that the Canadian government unfarily changed the standards for these applicants after they had applied. We discuss the Self-Employed Class, the doctrine of legitimate expectations, breaches of procedural fairness, changing visa offices and how group litigation works.  

Episode #75 – Working at DOJ vs. Private Practice, with Jennifer Dagsvik, Nalini Reddy, and Rafeena Rashid

Three former counsel at the Department of Justice discuss what practicing at the DOJ is like vs. private practice. Jennifer Dagsvik worked as Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice from 2007 – 2017, and now is a Lecturer at Immigration and Refugee Law at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in Thunder Bay, and also a Director at the Newcomer Legal Clinic there. Nalini Reddy worked as a Lawyer at the Department of Justice from 1999 to 2017. She is currently an Associate at Gindin Segal Law in Winnipeg. Rafeena Rashid worked as a Lawyer at the Department of Justice in the Immigration Division from 2010 to 2016. She is a Partner and Co-founder of Rashid Urosevic LLP, where she practices immigration law full-time.  
– Why they joined and eventually left DOJ – What they liked most about DOJ and what they liked less – The DOJ interview process – When a DOJ lawyer’s personal opinion about a case is different from their client’s. – Things it would be helpful for private practice to know about DOJ. – Things it would be helpful for DOJ to understand about private practice. – The training at DOJ. – Ways private bar counsel interact with DOJ. – Challenges being a female lawyer. – Are DOJ and private practice on an equal playing field? – How hard is it to transition from DOJ to private practice? – Work life balance and families

Episode #74 – Practicing High Net Worth Asian Immigration to Canada in the 1980s, with Peter Scarrow

Peter Scarrow practiced Canadian immigration law from 1981 – 1991, opening the Taiwanese representative office for a prominent Vancouver law firm. We discuss what practicing high net worth immigration from Taiwan and China was like in the 1980s and early 1990s, ghost consultant fraud, tax avoidance, and being a private banker vs. immigration lawyer (Peter did both).  

Episode 73 – From an Investor Immigrant Practice to Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Chair, with David Thomas

David Thomas practiced immigration law from 1987 – 2014, when he was appointed Chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. During his career he developed a large investor clientele from South Korea, ran to be a Member of Parliament, and started a charity that delivered vitamins to North Korea. 3:00 – The start of Dave’s career practicing immigration law both at a large firm and then starting his own firm. 6:00 – Practicing immigration law in the 1990s. 13:00 – Do immigration lawyers travel less than they do now, reduced communication with IRCC and other changes in the practice. 18:00 – Things learned about the bureaucracy as the head of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 32:00 – Running for federal office 36:00 – Would David recommend immigration law? Is it becoming less fun? 44:00 – Starting a charity that delivered vitamins to North Korea. 51:00 – Comparing practicing immigration to the human rights tribunal. 1:02 – What the future holds.